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New OnePlus 6 features, Google’s new Emoji movement, and more news you need to know

Welcome to In Brief, the AndroidGuys tech briefing. Today is Tuesday, October 30, and we’re taking a look at all the tech news you need to know. In this post, we want you to learn about the news the way you want to learn. We’ve embedded a podcast version of all this news below. If you don’t want to listen, you can read just like you normally would.

In today’s edition, we’ll tell you what OnePlus 6T features are now available on the  [Read More…]

Google’s new contract makes 2 years of Android updates mandatory for OEMs

In response to being slapped with a record-breaking fine in the EU this summer, Google is preparing a major change to its business model.

The search giant recently revealed it will start charging a licensing fee for Android device makers that want to deliver handsets pre-installed with popular Google apps like Gmail or Maps.

Now The Verge has managed to obtain a copy of the new contracts that Google will soon start implementing. The documents disclose how much the search  [Read More…]

Google’s pop-up stores are now open in New York and Chicago

The Google Hardware Store is open for business.

Now that Google’s new hardware for the year is here, it’s time for the company to start promoting it and getting the tech into people’s hands. One way Google’s going about doing this is with two pop-up stores that are open now in New York and Chicago.

While we’ve seen New York pop-up stores for the past two years, Chicago’s replacing Los Angeles this time around.

Google’s promoting these  [Read More…]

Google’s changes to EU licensing could mean more expensive Androids

Appeal or not, Google’s making changes.

Google just announced it has filed an appeal with the European Commission (EC) following a $ 5 billion fine from July related to its licensing terms for Android and Google apps. The crux of the EC’s decision earlier this year was its opinion that Google was taking advantage of its position as a dominant operating system to be unfriendly to companies making Android devices. The EC took particular umbrage with Google’s  [Read More…]

Save $50 when bundling Google’s new Home Hub and select Nest devices

New hardware for less!

Best Buy is offering customers who bundle the recently-announced Google Home Hub with a Nest device a $ 50 savings on the purchase. You can pick from between the Charcoal and Chalk Home Hubs, and then for the Nest devices Best Buy has the 3rd-gen Smart Learning Thermostat, Indoor Cam 1 or 3-pack, and the Hello Smart Video Doorbell. You can use the display of the Home Hub to see who’s at the  [Read More…]

Google’s Home Hub smart display spotlights another Microsoft failure

Google’s Home Hub joins Amazon’s Echo Show in an ambient-computing, smart-display space in which Microsoft is conspicuously absent.

Amazon pioneered the progression of voice-controlled ambient computing with its Alexa-powered smart speakers. The Google Assistant-powered Google Home and Apple’s Siri-powered HomePod eventually followed. In 2017, Amazon upped the ante with its Amazon Echo Show smart display. The Echo Show brought the ability to display interactive content to the smart speaker battle.

Microsoft was notably absent from this space  [Read More…]

Google Home Hub is Google’s first smart display

Google is ready to jump feet first into the smart display market with the Google Home Hub. It includes a 7-inch display, 2 far-field microphones, Bluetooth 5, ambient EQ light sensor, and comes in 4 colors.

The 7-inch display features some rather large bezels and is held up by the stand which also  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Google’s leaky boat

Relentless leaks have deflated some of the anticipation around one of the year’s biggest Android launches.

Forget the Pixel 3 for a moment. I already know what Google’s working towards in the Pixel 4: a less leaky supply chain.

This year’s Google flagship, the Pixel 3 XL, has leaked to an almost comical extent over the past few months. Just go to our Pixel 3 landing page and tap “view more,” and scroll, and scroll, and scroll.  [Read More…]

Google’s ‘Smart TV Kit’ leaks, includes Home Mini and 3rd-gen Chromecast

What? A leaked Google product?

Google’s big hardware event is nearly upon us, and leading up to this, we’ve already learned a lot about the Pixel 3, Pixelbook 2, and Home Hub. Now, we have eyes on a new “Smart TV Kit” that’ll bundle a Google Home Mini and 3rd-generation Chromecast.

You can actually purchase a similar bundle at Walmart that includes a Home Mini and current 2nd-gen Chromecast, but this new bundle comes with the 3rd-gen  [Read More…]

LG V40 ThinQ will be unveiled on October 4, ahead of Google’s Pixel 3

October is going to be a busy-busy month in terms of smartphone releases. And as it turns out, the first company to unleash a new flagship phone is going to be LG.

The Korean phone maker just announced it will be hosting an event in Seoul, South Korea on October 4 to unveil the V40 ThinQ. The invitations to the release party have been sent out and LG also rolled out a 10-second video to tease the new camera on  [Read More…]